October 15, 2018

Bella's First Birthday Pictures

I shared a post earlier this month about Bella's first birthday picture session with Abbey Lynn Photography.
Bella's party, which was this past weekend was themed Bella's Candyland since turning one is sweet :) I wanted to do some candy shop pictures as well as a cupcake smash for our little babe. I can't get over how well these pictures turned out, especially considering she wasn't feeling well at all that morning.
We had the option to take some family pictures at the shoot, so we did and I can't wait to put a big one of the four of us on the walls at home!

Fair warning now- this is picture overload, but I had SO many favorites. Out of 102 amazing images captured by our photographer it was hard to share just a few.

We wanted to do a fall outfit for some pictures, since our little babe was born in October and our favorite season so I found the romper and fell in love. Abbey used some decor from her house, and Bella was loving picking up the pumpkins.
For the family pictures I wanted to stick to neutrals with a pop of pink. Ethan loves pink, so it worked out that he could match Bella, and Chuck and I stuck to grays. 
I found the sprinkle crown FOREVER ago and knew it would be perfect with a cupcake smash, and to keep her from ruining her birthday outfit for her party we kept her in nothing but the crown and some gold bloomers.
The party outfit was also used for pictures. I found the tu-tu at a very reasonable price on Etsy and the top came with the leg warmers. I wanted a candyshop set up and between the balloons & banner from Abbey and all the candy and cookies I put together we nailed it. 

I'm obsessed with these pictures and love looking at them. Bella's personality shines through and we are so thankful to have these memories captured. Thanks again to the photographer Abbey, our favorite cupcake & cake baker- Allie, and Mavra for your talent in decorating cookies!

Fall romper: Gigglemoon
Fall headband: Etsy
Polka-dot headband: Etsy
Rainbow tutu: Etsy
Personalized onesie: Etsy
Sprinkle crown: Etsy
Gold bloomers: Etsy
Custom cookies: Sugarstorm Cookies
Beautiful cupcakes: Allie Cakes

Happy Monday friends, hope it's a great week!

October 12, 2018

Favorite Fall Boots

I love fall shoe season- boots are some of my favorite items in my closet.
True story- I prefer to be barefoot, if at all possible. I am not a fan of socks, and only wear cute printed ones ha-ha...but boots and booties are so fun. 
Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite fall boots I've seen...and (look away husband) own most of them thanks to recent sales. There are affiliate links in this post, thanks for adding to the shoe savings!

Kitten Heel Booties- I wasn't on the hunt for a white bootie, but then these presented themselves and were on sale in the Target Cartwheel App so I had to do it. They'll be so cute with some chunky sweaters and in to that dreaded W word...Winter.

Velvet Leopard Bootie- Now these I was on the hunt for. I was so hesitant to buy many I saw due to coloring, and thought- how could you go wrong with velvet?! I just got these in Monday and could have worn them around the house all night, so comfy!

Perforated Bootie- Yet another Target score. Lately our local Target shoe aisles have been a complete disaster. I stopped in on Sunday to pick up medicine for Bella and got distracted since the shoe area was clean (to be fair, it's close to the baby section). I saw these and they're a great staple to add to the shoe collection. 

Leather Ankle Boot- I love love love a good black leather bootie. The heel on these is sexy and great with jeans or dressed up with a skirt. I've said it before and I'll say it again- I'm thankful we don't have a Nordstrom Rack closer, HA!

Over the Knee Boot- How beautiful are these? And for over the knee I think they're a great steal. I don't own a pair of over the knee, but they would be great with leggings for sure and am really thinking I need some. Tell me over the knee boot ladies-if you have some, do you love them??

Wedge Bootie- Several wedge booties are in my shoe collection, and the detailing on these are really cute. Chinese Laundry makes great quality shoes and I don't own any wedge in this color, but they may need to make their way to me. 
What's your favorite style of fall boots to wear? Happy Friday- I hope you have the best weekend. I'll be back next week with some birthday fun in honor of Bella turning one! Enjoy your day friends!
October 10, 2018

September Favorites

I unfortunately didn't put myself together to have this ready earlier in the month and then again last week- but here we are.
Didn't want to miss sharing my favorites from the month, it's always one of my favorite posts to write each month....better late than never. *There are affiliate links in this post- the pennies help pay for my Starbucks ;)

 Favorite Fun Post: Brighton is a Yasso fanatic, and from all her posts about them - totally turned me on to the brand. I am obsessed with the coffee chocolate chip and she broke them allllll down and made a Yasso flavor guide. If you haven't tried Yasso yet, you're missing out-thank you Brighton ;)

Favorite Post About Trends: Cara is such a bright woman, and I value her insight greatly. She shared about life before social media, and I found myself nodding along with so much of it. 

Favorite Outing in September: I was so thrilled that Fall arrived and we made our first visit to the pumpkin patch nice and early. The weather was perfect and it wasn't too crowded- Bella loved checking out the pumpkins, the corn pit and of course watching the other kids.

Favorite Decor Post: Oh my Andrea, you have outdone yourself with your Fall porch. You could have told me these photos were part of a magazine, and I would 1000% believe you. I am so obsessed, it's hard to say what part is my favorite.

Favorite Parenting Post: I've still yet to create an "empties" post where you share a bunch of products that are now empty and a min-review of them. Need to add that to my list. I loved this one Nadine shared on some baby empties and even purchased a few things that are now working for us. I love when people share their honest opinions- Thanks girlfriend!

Favorite Purchase: Vivian talked about this diaper bag, and it's a dupe for a much more expensive one. I went ahead and purchased the pink because it's nice to have another option. This one is much more spacious width wise than my previous diaper bag and I'm so thrilled with it.
 Favorite Non-Mom purchase: I know diaper bags aren't something we all need, but these shirts from Target are. I am obsessed with the "A New Day" brand at Target and the long sleeve shirts are beyond comfortable and so cheap. A great basic that I've been wearing alone, or under cardigans and for work and beyond. Love them so much!

What I'm Most Excited For in October: Hands down, Bella's birthday party. I've had fun planning it, making signs and centerpieces and am just so excited to celebrate our little miracle. I'll be sharing some party planning tips and some pictures from the big day too. It's CandyLand themed and I secretly have had this theme in mind since before she was born-HA! To see it all come to life is going to be a lot of FUN! Here's a photo of the venue :)
Favorite Dream Big Posts from September:
Things The NICU Taught Me About Life
The Unbalanced Life
My Thoughts On Girl Wash Your Face

I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying October. What fun things do you have planned for the month?